Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I saw this today.  Got me thinking....
So, let me get this right....
You go to a very dangerous sport.  Hoping for and Cheering crashes.  Even get track side seats.  Right near the "Crash Fence".   Crash happens.  Slight injury, in relevance to what could have happened were the fence not there, suddenly must get a lawyer and sue someone.

Lawyer for injured Daytona Speedway fans sees settlement

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Some of the NASCAR fans hurt by flying debris from a 10-car crash at the Daytona International Speedway have retained a lawyer, who said on Wednesday he expects their claims to be settled out of court.
Based on NASCAR history, Matt Morgan of the Orlando personal injury firm Morgan & Morgan, said "a lot of times they resolve these claims without having to go through litigation. So hopefully we can come to an amicable resolution on the value of these claims and move on."
Morgan represents three of the several dozen people injured on Saturday after a wreck on the last lap of the Nationwide Series race sent a tire and debris over and through a safety fence intended to protect fans in the stands.
More than 30 spectators were injured, including at least 19 who required hospital treatment.
NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said that, while the racing group does not discuss pending or potential litigation, "we'll likely provide an update on our next steps at our next race, which is this weekend in Phoenix."
The Nationwide race took place the day before Sunday's prestigious Daytona 500. Rookie driver Kyle Larson's car went airborne and sailed into the fence in the frightening crash, although he was able to climb out of the wreckage afterward.
Crews worked through the night to repair the fence so the Daytona 500 race could go on as planned. The speedway is owned by International Speedway Corporation
Morgan said one of his clients suffered a fractured leg and another an abdominal injury.
He said he was unsure at this time what entity he would sue. A waiver on the back of the race tickets says that fans assume all risks, a disclaimer Morgan said was typical for sporting events and active locales such as ski resorts.
"Arguments can go both ways," as to whether the waiver absolves the company of all liability, Morgan said.
He said he had not yet determined whether courts had ruled on that issue.
"I don't believe, in my limited research, that NASCAR has many - if any - pending lawsuits against them right now," Morgan said.
He said he will focus attention on engineering studies on the safety fence at the Talladega Superspeedway after flying debris injured fans after a similar crash in 2009.
(This story has been corrected to remove reference to Michael Annett, who was injured in an unrelated crash)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Animal Control Angels?

They say that there is a person out there for every man, and I put that forward to dogs.  No matter how loony, how stiff, how laid back, etc... there is a dog out there just waiting to share your life with you.

  Today, we came together to give those poor critters in Animal Control their shot in the sun and their moment to shine.  
  One of the people who came in to the store, on their normal shopping runs and saw the dogs by chance, told me they were surprised by the dogs.  "I expected a batch of train wrecks", he said to me.
  I couldn't help but to ask him why he thought that.
  "Well, they were strays, thrown away....".  He seemed to run out of steam, sort of realizing what he was saying.  But, he did sort of have a point, even if he was crass enough to voice it.  These were dogs no one wanted.
          We had a group of great dogs!  I would have been proud to have any of these animals!  The dog I was handling today was a pit bull mix.  She wanted so much to play.  I think she was a bit ticked at me that I wouldn't put her with the other dogs.  She knew how to sit and stay, she walked great on the leash - just needed a few reminders about not pulling. 
  At the end of the day, five of the dogs had to go back to the Animal Control.  The dogs had a great time, saw lots of new people, got treats and scratches.  I was sad to see them have to go back, but I was glad that two found homes.
  I told that man, who was so surprised that these are just dogs:  "All a dog wants is to be loved and to love".  

  Interesting thing:  I realized that the way people view dogs is a lot like the way they view people, too.  

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Hello Everyone!
  I have such great news!!!  The little pup that I pictured last week was adopted!  The one couple that braved the driving snow and horrible roads because they wanted a dog last week did adopt her.  I think she is in a good home, if I can be so hopeful.  They seemed like nice people in our short conversation, and the foster to the pup thought so as well.  I'm so happy for that little puppy.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Horror of Cold Hearts

Hello My Friends;

  This little dear is our newest addition at the rescue organization.  She is 5-weeks old, which is too young to be separated from her mother, and was rescued from a snow bank on Saturday 1/26.  Yes, my friends - in Michigan, in January, some jerk threw out this little baby.
  I want to hurt someone.
  Why don't people understand that there are other ways?  There are no less than three volunteer rescue organizations in this county, not counting the Humane Society and Animal Control.  Further, most who owns a pet would have taken this puppy in rather than see it die in the cold.  But, some heartless wonder decided to simply throw it in the cold.
  But, the good news:  We had two applications put in on her today.  In a very short amount of time, this baby will be in a home, with people who love her and who she can love.    

  I read a comment today about someone talking about how certain people are a perversion, bringing about the sure judgement of an angry god.  Do you want to know my opinion?  It isn't about who you love, only that you love.  Only that you care.  Only that the hope of life lives in your heart.  Only that you wouldn't throw a baby in the snow to die.  I think that's what God wants from us.